First-Year Common Reading Program author to visit campus Aug. 21

Thu, 08/05/2010 (All day)

Aug. 5, 2010

Mobile, Ala. – Over the summer, first-year students at Spring Hill College were assigned to read “A Pearl in the Storm,” a true story by Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  

Students will have the opportunity to hear from McClure at a special program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 in Byrne Memorial Hall. Small group discussions will follow the presentation. The summer reading is part of the college’s First-Year Common Reading Project, coordinated through the office of student affairs.

McClure was recently installed as the president of Spalding University. She previously served as the vice president for external relations, enrollment management, and student affairs. In addition to being the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, she is also the first woman to ski overland to the South Pole.

McClure holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College, where she currently serves on the board of trustees, a master’s in divinity from Harvard University, a juris doctorate from the University of Louisville and an M.F.A. in writing from Spalding University. She has worked as a chaplain at Boston City Hospital and for Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.

“A Pearl in the Storm,” subtitled, “How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean,” is more than a woman-against-the-elements adventure tale; it is, in the words of actress Candice Bergen, “a story of courage, adventure, and personal discovery that will appeal to women and men of all ages. Beautiful, breathtaking, moving, and inspiring.”

McClure’s presentation is one of a number of events that kick off the fall semester and move-in activities for the class of 2014.